2018-2019 Pitzer Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2024  
2018-2019 Pitzer Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gender and Feminist Studies Major

Requirements for the Major

The major requires a minimum of ten (10) courses, distributed among core courses and three tracks.

Core Courses

(one course from each numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 below):

  1. GWS 026 PO -Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies  or
    FGSS 026 SC - Introduction to Feminist Gender, and Sexuality Studies or
    FGSS 036 SC - Introduction to Queer Studies or
    ID 76 CMC Intersections: Gender, Race and Sexuality.
  2. Feminist Theory, such as
    POST 163 PZ -Feminist Theory ;
    CHLT 166 CH -Chicana Feminist Epistemology ;
    GWS 180 PO - Queer Feminist Theories; or
    FGSS 184 SC - Intersectional Feminist Theories.
  3. Intersectionality of gender/race/class/sexualities, such as
    CHLT 060 CH -Women in the Third World 
    CHLT 061 CH -Contemporary Issues of Chicanas & Latinas ;
    CHLT 115 CH -Gender, Race and Class: Women of Color in the U.S. ;
    CHLT 154 CH -Latinas in the Garment Industry ;
    CHLT 166 CH -Chicana Feminist Epistemology ;
    ARHI 178 PO -Africana Aesthetics and the Politics of (Re)presentation ;
    ASAM 090 PZ -Asian American and Multiracial Communities ;
    ENGL 140 PO -Literature of Incarceration: Writings from No Man’s Land ;
    MS 080 AA -Video and Diversity   
  4. GWS 190 PO -Senior Seminar  or GFS 191 PZ -Senior Thesis or Project  (Candidates for Honors must complete both the Sr. Seminar and Sr. Project/Thesis)


Students should take at least one (1) course from each track that focuses on gender and empowerment; and complete an additional three (3) courses from one of the tracks:

  1. Global, National and Local Communities
  2. Creativity: Art, Literature, Spirituality, Identity
  3. Sciences, Medicine and Technologies

If students have two majors, no more than two (2) courses, including a methods course, may be counted toward the completion of both majors.